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History & Culture

Empires to Nation-States: The Islamic Period

This module provides essays and lesson plans for teachers who want to introduce the political history of the Middle East from the seventh to the twentieth centuries CE. The module traces the rise of vast, diverse empires under Islamic rule and their transformation into nation-states. It includes the following essays:

"The Age of Empire"

"The Rise of the Nation-State"

"Modern Economic Challenges to Middle Eastern Empires"

"Westernization vs. Traditionalism"

"The Changing Relationship Between Rulers and Ruled in Middle Eastern Empires"

"Has There Been a Clash of Civilizations Between the Middle East and the West?"

"Intercommunal Violence in the Middle East"


The Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
A. Holly Shissler and Erin L. Glade